I think this is the best moisturizer - oil control lotion I have ever tried. I have extremely oily skin and I have tried every oil free lotion out there. I saw the previous reviews here on Avene products and thought why not give it a try. They carry it at CVS which is very convenient. It controls my oil for hours even under makeup and it does not leave my skin flaky and dry. It truly is made for sensitive acne prone skinand I think that being a water based lotion really makes a big difference. Avene products are now my HG. I use this along with the Cleanance K (exfoliant!) at night and the Cleanance cleanser 2x per day. I also love that Avene products are affordable compared to department store brands and salon brands.
I love this moisturizer, is the best for my skin.
I've been using this for nearly a week and im loving it! I brought it after being very pleased by the Cleanance K treatment and am using this in conjunction with that. They are both doing wonders for my skin, as I have oily skin that is very prone to spots and these products specify that they are designed for this skin type. If you don't have this skin type yourself then don't buy this product! This moisturiser takes away flaked bits of skin, whilst very effectively controlling oil. It also contains salicylic acid, so you can treat your skin continuously throughout the day underneath make up! This product does have a perfumed smell to it, but I actually like it so it doesn't bother me at all.
I'd hoped I would fall in love with this moisturizer, as I have such luck with the accompanying cleanser. While the water-light consistency is nice, the scent is a little overpowering, and the actual moisturizer does little of anything. It sinks in quickly, but doesn't feel it actually moisturizes (although I like to think it has some hydrating qualities), and it does not, despite its claims, mattify. So for $26CDN/40ml, this will most definitely not be a repurchased item for me. Effaclar is a much better product, at the same price point.
This is marketed as a matifying moisturizer for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin, which I have. In fact I'm so acne-prone that all moisturizers except this one break me out. They can be as oil-free (and claim to be as non-comedogenic) as they like, moisturizing lotions and gels break me out. (I could get into a long rant about the legal definition of 'oil' not covering all substances that behave like 'oil' or the lack of a definition of what is comedogenic, but I won't.) Point is, my skin needs moisture some times (mostly in winter, mostly not in summer), and pretty much all commercially available products with moisturizing properties also contain substances that mess up my skin. I'm not saying I've tried them all, but I'm 31 and have tried to find a moisturizer that works for more than half my life, and have tested the most basic and the high-end and really quite a lot of those in between.
This is the ONE that does not make a mess of my face.
It is not very matifying (I use powder for that). The moisturizing effect is quite moderate, but that's what I need. Probably not sufficient for drier skins, but it's perfect for me.
Did I mention that in addition to being acne prone, my skin is also very sensitive? Now all other moisturizers have given me zits, and quite a few have also given me other bad reactions (rashes, swelling, flakes, stinging - the list of ugliness and discomfort just goes on and on). None of that with this. Absolute love my saviour moisturizer.
And, as I've been using it well over a year I think it's safe to assume that any bad reactions would have happened by now. Plus, Avene is not expensive here. Ooh, I'm almost feeling enthusiastic enough to do a little happy dance for Avene, but I'm at work and trying to look professional and busy so that won't do.
I cannot understand why Avene insists on adding such strong fragrance to all their products. I used this and felt like puking immediately. It was so bad I had to wash it off after half an hour. To add to that, I broke out the next day.
Hmm... I used this back in 2003 during my Avene splurge - my entire regime was Avene Avene Avene. I thought by going gentle, using the rinseless cleanser and this would help with my incredibly oily and congested skin. It does leave a slightly matte finish immediately after applying, but so did the regular Avene moisturiser lotion! I still had unbearable oiliness to the point where I had to wash my face everyday afterschool - I had to run home and I couldn't wait to get the slimy product off my face. I used two tubes of this stuff, did nothing... I can't comment if it contributed to my skin congestion, but it did not cause any sensitivities to my very troubled skin. Again, it was not hydrating enough, had to always apply extra to mouth area to stop flakies.
I like this moisturizer for it's non-oiliness annd for the fact it is non pore-blocking. I have combination skin, which is most oily on my forehead and it did prevent shine. However, I found it was a bit too mattifying for me. It did not work as a good base for my make-up at all, as there was nothing for my foundation to cling to. This made my foundation almost impossible to blend, resulting in major uneveness in my base and annoying streaks. So whenever I used this foundation I used a facial sunscreen underneath to give me that bit extra moisture and anchorage for my make-up. I also needed the sunscreen as this lotion doesn't contain an SPF, which is very important for me in a moisturizer. I also felt that the tube did not last very long, which was annoying as it was quite expensive. I have now found a better moisturizer than this to suit my skin, so I will not be purchasing this product again.
I love this moisturizer. Didn't like it the first time i use it cuz it didn't help with my zits. Tried it again this time and I love it! It can control sebum production really well, plus it also helped to dry up my zits and also control acne. I'm using this in conjunction with the cleanance soapless cleansing gel and cleanance k to treat my zits! Works wonder for my sensitive and acne prone skin!
I started using this about two weeks ago and my skin has never looked better. I use the Cleanance cleansers (the cold cream at night and soapless gel in the am) which do help control my oil slick of a face, but this antishine lotion zaps all the shine from the oil slick that is my face.